Woman-centred care

Woman-centred care

This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women who are having or being offered induction of labour.

Treatment and care should take into account women's individual needs and preferences. Women who are having or being offered induction of labour should have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their care and treatment, in partnership with their healthcare professionals. If a woman does not have the capacity to make decisions, healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent and the code of practice that accompanies the Mental Capacity Act. In Wales, healthcare professionals should follow advice on consent from the Welsh Government.

Good communication between healthcare professionals and women is essential. It should be supported by evidence-based written information tailored to the needs of the individual woman. Treatment and care, and the information women are given about it, should be culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to women, their partners and families, taking into account any additional needs such as physical or cognitive disabilities, and inability to speak or read English.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)